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Monday, February 10, 2014
Jags add two defensive assistants

By Michael DiRocco

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars now have a Super Bowl ring inside the building.

It belongs to new linebackers coach Robert Saleh, who earned it earlier this month as a defensive quality control coach for the Seattle Seahawks. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley announced his hiring, as well as that of assistant linebackers coach Scottie Hazelton, on Monday.

"We are excited about the two new additions to the coaching staff," Bradley said. "I have known both men for a number of years and I know what they will bring to our staff. Both men are extremely hard working individuals and have a passion and desire to help our team get better."

The 35-year-old Saleh spent the past three seasons with Seattle, where he was responsible for helping the defensive staff with day-to-day duties and assisting in the development of the linebackers. Two of the coaches he worked with are Bradley, who was the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator from 2009-12, and defensive line coach Todd Wash, who was with the Seahawks in 2011-2012.

Saleh also has coached in the NFL with Houston (2005-10) and also coached collegiately at Georgia (2005), Central Michigan (2004), and Michigan State (2002-03).

The 40-year-old Hazelton has coached collegiately for 18 years, including seven seasons at North Dakota State (two as a GA under Bradley and current Jaguars defensive coordinator Bob Babich). He also has coached at Fort Lewis College, Saint Olaf College, Missouri Southern, Michigan Tech, and Nevada, where he spent the past five seasons.